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AQS Lancaster-so inspired!

Posted on: March 21, 2011

4 days of quilts, vendors, new friends and old ones-all in my own backyard. The AQS Lancaster 2011 Quilt Show and Contest come roaring into the Lancaster County Convention Center on Wed March 16th. The town was bustling with anticipation. Signs in store windows, store shelves stocked-the shop owners ready. Quilters from all over the country and different countries all gathering for the big event! After the growing pains of the first year, this year seemed much more organized, with a shuttle service that was easy to use and made parking a breeze.

The quilts were amazing. 4 of our Red Rose Quilter’s Guild members had quilts juried in! Our guild had a beautiful raffle quilt in the lobby, creating a nice backdrop for many photo ops. The Botswana Quilt exhibit was beautiful. The Karen Kay Buckley exhibit-The Perfect Journey-an incredible display of Karen’s quilts from her very first sampler to a large landscape of a stone barn, similar to those seen all over Lancaster County. We are so fortunate to have had professional teachers here in Lancaster. I was able to take two classes, one from Sue Nichols on Stitched Raw Edge Applique and the other, a paperpieced block called Ocean Sunrise, from Karen Kaye Buckley. I attended a lecture by Ricky Tims and with my head still spinning came home and made blocks using the new techniques I learned.

My favorite part of the week was meeting up with my quilter friends. Quick lunches and fun photos made for great memories, as well as plans for the next time we will meet.

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